We've purchased this field guide ahead of our June 2016 trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. We like to hike on our trips and we have enjoyed all the Field Guides about Newfoundland. It's fun to get back to the trailer in the evening and figure out some of the stuff we've seen.
The book covers 140 woody plants that you will find in Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is very thoughtfully laid out for the amateur observer. The plants are organized by leaf type. You start with needles, scale-like (junipers) and broad leaf.
Broad leaf plants, which are the most numerous are further categorized by leaf shape and arrangement on the stem.
There are several detail photographs of each plant. They show details such as leaves, berries, flowers, cones. All of which should help you identify what you are seeing on the trail.
You can find out if the plant is native or introduced. It tells you if it's edible or poisonous. The book also indicates the environments that you will most likely find the plants (barren, wetlands, forest, etc.)
Below is a photo we took on the Erin Mountain Trail in Barachois Pond Provincial Park near Stephenville. We thought it was from the Rhododendron family. In this case we were correct, the book identified it as Rhodora. The photo was taken in early June and the book states they flower early.
Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador: Field Guide is available from Amazon through this link.
We've purchased most of these books ourselves. It's nice to have field guides so you can identify what you are seeing when you are out on a hike. Please help support Bob's Newfoundland by using the links below for book purchases. We've written book reviews for the following:
Newfoundland books available from Amazon.ca (Canada)
Newfoundland books available from Amazon.com (USA)